Medical Sciences Internal Fund: Bridging salary
The main purpose of the Medical Sciences Internal Fund Bridging Salary Scheme is to provide short-term awards to cover the salary costs of research staff at postdoctoral and Early Career Researcher levels, who are currently funded on external research grants, while they seek long-term support, also from external sources.
This bridging support will normally be for a maximum of three months (FTE). Longer periods of support may be considered in exceptional circumstances. It is accepted that researchers may have to wait considerable lengths of time after submission until the start date of any external research grant awarded. Applications for longer than three months duration must make a strong case for the increased duration. The Medical Sciences Internal Fund looks favourably on applications where there is evidence that the department is also prepared to prioritise the application by making a contribution to the total cost of cover. Bridging support applications can only be submitted to the Medical Sciences Internal Fund on or after the date on which external funding applications for long-term salary support are submitted.
To be eligible to apply researchers must:
- Be externally funded and bridging to another external grant
- Not be bridging from startup packages regardless of funding source
- Not be bridging to non-medical research e.g. BBSRC or Leverhulme funding
Note that block grants made to the University or Division from external agencies are not considered to be equivalent to external funding. Allocations from these block grants therefore do not fulfil the eligibility requirement for external funding source. To demonstrate that applications have been submitted for external research grants, applications for bridging salary support must include the front page and the scientific and lay summaries of the external grant application(s) that have been submitted. A full copy of the grant application or a lengthy outline of the science is not required. Please submit the application form, front page and lay summary of your external grant together as a single PDF.
The Medical Sciences Internal Fund Bridging Salary Scheme will normally fund contributions to the total employer cost of salaries only, and will not fund consumables or other non-staff research costs under this scheme.
If an extension of awarded Medical Sciences Internal Fund bridging support is required due to delays in the start of anticipated external funding then a new application will need to be submitted to the next available round of the Medical Sciences Internal Fund.
It is acknowledged that applications for external grants are subject to external deadlines and consequently there is no deadline for bridging salary applications. Application outcomes are returned within six weeks of submission.
Maternity/shared parental/adoption leave bridging costs
The Medical Sciences Internal Fund can be used for bridging salary support to cover the costs associated with research staff who take maternity/shared parental/adoption leave whilst employed on an externally funded research grant. Applications to this scheme must be submitted by a Principal Investigator of the relevant external research grant.
To be eligible to apply to the Medical Sciences Internal Fund for maternity/shared parental/adoption leave bridging costs:
- the staff member must be currently employed on an externally funded research grant.
- the staff member must be taking at least 6 months of leave with at least 3 months of that leave in the duration of the grant.
Under these circumstances the Medical Sciences Internal Fund will consider applications for up to three months (FTE) of salary support to contribute to the cost of leave, in exceptional circumstances a longer period of support may be considered.
Where the member of staff taking leave is the PI, up to three months of salary support may be used to employ a lab manager or technician or to provide 'acting up' funds to a senior member of the group.
For application deadlines and further details on how to apply please see the Medical Sciences Internal Fund homepage. Applications are expected to have a turnaround time of 6 weeks.